Groningen, Netherlands

Intercultural Competence for Students

when 27 June 2022 - 1 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 0.5 EC
fee EUR 150

'Developing intercultural competence is a core capability in the 21st century and involves cultural self-awareness, understanding the experiences of people from diverse communities, and the capability to adapt one’s mindset and behavior to bridge across differences.’ – Mitch Hammer, 2011.

Businesses know that productivity depends on a work force that is socially and emotionally competent. If you want to become successful in a diverse world, a large part of that success will depend on your ability to communicate and negotiate among diverse cultures.

Intercultural competence is considered one of the top 10 work skills needed for the workforce of the future. It entails recognizing cultural differences, understanding how these differences influence interaction and maximizing that knowledge in order to minimize misunderstanding.

This summer school is a structured training based on a developmental approach to building intercultural competence, regardless of your current level of cultural understanding. The offered program will be taught by a senior practitioner in the field with more than 10 years’ experience in intercultural training development and delivery and will cover everything from cultural stereotypes to cognitive and communication styles.

This summer school has three versions:
- Online: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri from 8:00-11:00 (CEST)
- Live: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri from 9:30-12:30 (CEST)
- Online: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri from 16:00-19:00 (CEST)
For the online versions, please visit the "Intercultural Competence for students (online)" page.

Course leader

Drs. Michaela Carriere

Target group

This summer school is intended for BA, MA and PhD students. Prior knowledge of the field of intercultural communication is preferred, yet not necessary.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:

- Better understand the differences between cultural stereotypes and cultural generalizations.
- Recognize and deploy different styles of communication.
- Gain a theoretical understanding of intercultural competence development.
- Gain a deeper insight into your own culture.

Credits info

0.5 EC
Upon successful completion of the program, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Participation that mentions the workload of 15 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of participation.

Fee info

EUR 150: Fee for students